St. Innocent of Alaska Monastery
9452 Hazelton, Redford, Michigan



 9452 Hazelton, Redford, MI  48239-1138


 17 Years of Service: 2003-2020


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We welcome you to the website (launched on May 19, 2018), of the ST. INNOCENT ORTHODOX MONASTIC COMMUNITY IN REDFORD, MICHIGAN. We are a small, new-calendar ("revised Julian"), all-English monastic community under the Moscow Patriarchate. Our monastic community is located at 9452 Hazelton, Redford, MI  48239, in Redford Township, on the western side of Metropolitan Detroit, adjacent to Dearborn and Livonia, just east of Telegraph. Read more.

To learn more about the practical every day dimensions of the monastic life, click here.


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3/11/20, New article in the short "Why?" series (2-pages): "WHY PRESANCTIFED LITURGY?"

3/7/20, New article/essay (9-pages) posted: "ICONS: GLIMPSES OF BEAUTY AND TRUTH."

2/26/20, New article/essay (6-pages) posted: "ARE ICONS NECESSARY? Iconoclasm and the Triumph of Orthodoxy."

2/26/20, Slightly revised, 3 short articles (1-page each) for the beginning of Great Lent:

         (1)  "WHY GREAT LENT?"

         (2)  "WHY ORTHODOXY SUNDAY?"

         (3)  "WHY ICONS?"

2/22/20, Revised tri-fold brochure posted: "THE ORTHODOX FAITH: Some Basic Principles."

2/15/20, New article (6-pages) posted: IS THERE ANY ABSOLUTE TRUTH? Post-Modernism Versus Christianity. 

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The primary MINISTRY OF THE ST. INNOCENT MONASTIC COMMUNITY is educational. There are 2 facets to this vital ministry. The first is FIREBIRD VIDEOS, AUDIOS & BOOKS, which is a producer of multi-media educational materials about the Orthodox Faith and practices, primarily video. It functions as a subsidiary and legally registered DBA (Doing Business As) with the State of Michigan, and has its own website, which we are in the process of revising and reviving.

Please visit the Firebird Videos website at

The second major and vital arm of the educational ministry of the St. Innocent Monastic Community is the written short article form, made available on this website in the "Articles," "Saints' Lives," and the other 7 sections. In May 2018, when this website was created, there were 73 articles of varying lengths. In November 2018 the figure was increased to 87 articles, with additions added to "Meditations 1," drawn from Sister Ioanna's book, entitled "Visions of Love & Life & Beauty," and increased further in December with the addition of 18 more "Meditations" and the development of "Meditations 2," drawn from her other book, "Dancing in the Presence." All of these 105 essays and other items are written by Sister Ioanna, who also makes the Firebird products, except for 2 essays (that are located in the "Essays" section). Please view these 105 educational and spiritual entries under the 9 pull-down tabs on this website.

To read more about Sister Ioanna, click here.

To read more about the ministry of the St. Innocent Monastic Community, click here.


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"Whoever eats My Flesh and drinks My Blood has eternal life,

and I will raise him up at the last day."  (St.  John 6:54) 


"If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word;

and My father will love him,

and We will come to him

and make Our home with him."  (St.  John 14:23)


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